Teenager kauft Josh Freeses 20.000$-Album


Kleiner Nachtrag zu Josh Freeses Superlimited Edition-Album-Aktion, in der er sein neues Album für Wahnsinns-Preise und Wahnsinns-Varianten verkaufte (vorher auf Nerdcore: NINs Drummer goes solo mit einer 75000$-Limited Edition-Platte). Eins der Pakete hat ein 19jähriger Teenager gekauft, die 20.000$-Variante nämlich. Die beinhaltete neben dem Album und einem Shirt folgendes:

* Maynard James Keenan, Mark Mothersbaugh from Devo and Josh take you miniature golfing and then drop you off on the side of the freeway (all filmed and posted on YouTube)
* Josh gives you a tour of Long Beach. See his first apartment, the coffee shop on 2nd Street where his buddy paid Dave Grohl $40 to rip up tile just weeks before joining Nirvana. See the old Vandals rehearsal spot, the liquor store he got busted at using a Fake ID when he was 17 (it was Dave from the Vandals’ old ID). Go check out Snoop Dogg’s high school. For an extra 50 bucks see where Tom and Adrian from No Doubt live. For another $25 he’ll show ya where Eric from NOFX and Brooks from Bad Religion get their hair cut.
* Spend the night aboard the Queen Mary and take the “Ghosts and Legends” tour. (Separate rooms … no spooning.)
* Josh writes 2 songs about you and both are made available on iTunes and appear on his next record (you can sing back up on ‘em, clap, play the drums, triangle, whatever)
* Drum lesson OR foot and back massage (once again … couples welcome and discreet parking available)
* Pick any 3 items out of Josh’s closet

Ich spinne hier grade ein wenig rum und frage mich, welche Künstler als nächstes Superluxus-Editions verkaufen sollten. Joints rauchen mit Britney Spears? Whiskeysaufen mit Amy Whinehouse? Oder doch lieber Panzerfahren mit Aphex Twin? Hier jedenfalls Josh Freeses Mail von letzter Woche, die auf dem NIN-Forum gepostet wurde:

The guy from Florida that bought the $20,000 package and I have been joined at the hip since Sunday and I won't even go into all the stuff that we've done in the past 4 days but I've already gone above and beyond for him and we're continuing to have a blast. I'll start posting stuff soon on my website and on youtube but just to give you a quick idea...mini-golf with Maynard James Keenan, pizza at Mark Mothersbaugh's house, sensory deprivation tank sessions, a signed snare drum I used on a Nine Inch Nails tour, slumber party at the Queen Mary, going to gigs of mine with me, pulling items out of my closet, etc, etc......He's a great kid and a friend for life. We're having him check out of his hotel and stay at our house tomorrow night. It's a LONG, LONG story that I'll write about later. You can laugh when I say this but it's true when I tell you that he came into my life for a reason other than just the $$. I actually feel bad about taking the $$ because at this point I'm not hanging out with him or pretending to be his friend for the cash. He got all of his stuff (and a bunch more that wasn't on the original menu) a while ago. He's a sweet 19 year old kid who's had a really rough last couple years (like REALLY fucking rough.) Like....this money he spent to come out here is part of a inheritance he received (you can fill in the blanks there.) I feel like his big brother and I'm trying to make this one of the best weeks of his life.

Wired hat mit dem Teen telefoniert, Snip:

"It's totally worth it," Mrzyglocki told Wired.com in a phone interview Thursday, as he prepared to go to a studio with Freese. That night, they laid down tracks for a couple of songs that the drummer is writing about Mrzyglocki — another element of the elaborate package.

Freese's experiment comes as the music industry is grappling with steep declines in traditional sales. It's one of the most off-the-wall schemes yet to test fans' taste for the type of "freemium" pricing pioneered by Radiohead and Freese's former Nine Inch Nails bandmate, Trent Reznor.


For Mrzyglocki, the $20,000 package has turned into a ticket to mingle with rock 'n' roll royalty. He's met lots of Freese's musician friends during his stay in Los Angeles, including former Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash and most of the members of Tool and A Perfect Circle. Mrzyglocki called the experience "the most fun I've had in a long, long time."

The Florida teen said he first got wind of Freese's tiered-pricing packages from Tool's website. With the country in the midst of a financial mess and his birthday fast approaching, Mrzyglocki figured his broke friends would be getting him "half-assed postcards or T-shirts or something."

To avoid a birthday bummer, the Florida teen treated himself to the $20,000 package, which featured a mini-golf game with Tool singer Maynard James Keenan and Devo front man Mark Mothersbaugh. Freese plays drums in Devo and in one of Keenan's side projects, A Perfect Circle.

Mrzyglocki's friends were shocked when he told them what he'd done.

"Their jaws dropped instantly," he said.

$20,000 for Mini-Golf With Rock Stars Is 'Totally Worth It' (via Stereogum)